AI: More than Human, at the Barbican.

*This is a review post. We were kindly invited to review an event*

AI: More than Human. It sounds like the title of a SciFi movie? It could be. But it is in fact, a fantastic event running at the Barbican in London, which we visited recently.

I am a big of a fan of tech, science, STEM, and all things futuristic. I want my kids to learn about what the future of science and technology holds for them, and also where we have come from as a human race, in terms of what and how technology has evolved. I grew up watching the older Star Trek tv series and movies, where they used “tablet devices” to manage life, and communicate, and those seemed awesome and futuristic (yes, now I am showing my age) and now we have smart phones and tablet devices that we can run our lives with. Science and technology has come a long way and our world is an amazing place when we think about what artificial intelligence and what it can do for us and with us.

So for me, to be able to take a morning to go and explore some cool stuff, and also take my small son along to learn and have fun, was a perfect opportunity.

This major centre-wide ‘festival-style’ exhibition explores creative and scientific developments in AI, demonstrating its potential to revolutionise our lives. Bringing together artists, scientists and researchers, this interactive exhibition offers an unprecedented survey of AI with which you are invited to engage head-on.

Experience the capabilities of AI in the form of cutting-edge research projects by DeepMindMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Neri Oxman; and interact directly with exhibits and installations from artists including Mario KlingemannMassive AttackEs Devlin and teamLab to experience the possibilities first-hand.

Prepare for your preconceptions of AI to be challenged by this timely exhibition, that reflects on how this technology impacts our very existence.

I love visiting the Barbican Centre, and it’s always a treat to see what they have happening and this exhibition did not disappoint. We spent two hours exploring, learning, getting hands on with technology (My small son now wants an Aibo dog, not sure that the cats will approve) and it’s a great event for kids and adults to see what technology does for us and what the past has taught us and what the future holds. It is easy to access and there is something for everyone. The staff were great at explaining and assisting us (because my son is very bright and curious and there were a couple of questions he had that I couldn’t answer) and it’s well worth a visit if you are looking for something interesting and different, or if you are working on some AI or technology projects at school. For us as a homeschooling family, it was a perfect morning for exploring with some hands on learning, too. There are some really amazing pieces of technology, lots of information and exhibits to browse and some things you can take part in too, to get a real feel for AI and how it works. There are familiar objects and names you will know as well as new things to learn about.

The husband (who is also a proper geek for anything tech and AI) was very jealous he couldn’t come, so we have a plan to go back so he can enjoy it. The ehibition is open until 26th August so there is plenty of time to grab tickets and go and see what the world of AI has to show you.

You can see what we got up below or  here and why my small son wants driving lessons, a fast car and a robot dog… 

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